Horses. Who doesn’t love ’em? They’re so peaceful and tranquil. I’m not known for hanging out in the great outdoors unless it’s at a beach; I love the water, even though I don’t swim (yet). I decided now would be a great time to engage in more outdoor activities and why not start with horseback riding.
Pretty ambitious but I believe in going big or going home. I did my research and found a nice ranch not too far from me. The owners are really nice and very patient, which was fortunate. It started raining and contrary to popular belief, Black women don’t mind getting their hair wet; decided to go for it despite the rain.
This made mounting the horse significantly more challenging. We actually had to try two different horses but found success with the 2nd one. I was so proud of myself for mounting that horse. Wanted to throw caution to the wind and gallop. I’m just kidding. I didn’t do more than trot and didn’t even leave the fenced in training area. Again, it was raining and started raining hard.
I was content though with what I was able to accomplish; I tried, and liked, horseback riding. Me, Ms. “I don’t do the outdoors and wildlife” (by the way if it lived outdoors, everything was considered wildlife to me at some point).
We never know what we can accomplish if we don’t try.
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I have to admit, a lot of the I’ll Try It activities so far have been physical; partly due to my weight loss efforts. It should come as no surprise that I wanted to challenge myself and try hot yoga. Yes, not just yoga, hot yoga; me and my non flexible self.
I totally had unrealistic expectations. I thought I’d look graceful and would feel great. I envisioned the room would be dark and super hot like a sauna. I also thought the instructor would explain the moves to me. Wrong, wrong, wrong. None of that happened.
First, I had to verify that I could film, which I had gotten the approval before the actual date but it had to be verified which made the session start late and all eyes were on me. Everyone was nice though and didn’t make me feel awkward. I wasn’t instructed what would be needed so I just looked around to see what everyone else had. Then it happened. What happened? The class, it just started. No instructions, just downward dog.
What is downward dog? Not this apparently. I had to watch the other students to learn what it was. I pretty much had to watch the other students to learn all of the moves. Not because the instructor was a jerk though.
Guess what? Turns out it was an advanced class. Needless to say, this was the wrong class to welcome me to the wonderful world of yoga.
This experience didn’t leave me with warm fuzzy feelings. I had severe soreness for a week (I tried cross fit and I wasn’t that sore for that long). The soreness could’ve been me not performing the moves correctly. I’m not sure but I tried it. To be fair, I may need to try a beginner class and give hot yoga another chance. Will you try it?
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This blog is a little different than what you’ll grow accustomed to reading from me. I normally try to write about things that are light and fun; it’s a little challenging though with all that’s going on right now. I see news stories that should cause alarm but then I’ll think, God’s got me. I’m good. While God does indeed have me, I can’t become complacent.
I believe complacency is part of the reason the world, especially the U.S., is in the condition it’s in today. So much turmoil, hate, ignorance, a lack of affection for all human life. It’s making me think what will life be like for my youngest daughter when she graduates in 2028. I hadn’t given it much thought about how this current climate may affect her future . Of course we talk about what she dreams of becoming, making sure she’s well educated in faith, books and life. This current climate is making me think what’s going to even be available for her in the future.
Will she be able to purchase a home, obtain a higher education, be safe? You may think this is a bit extreme but with the new law in place in Missouri, the Trump administration trying to investigate and potentially sue schools about their affirmative action admission policies, it’s brought an awareness. This awareness is causing me to take action.
Myself, along with two other concerned citizens, are organizing a community picnic. It’s an open forum for people from all walks of life to discuss how they feel without feeling like they’re being attacked. The outcome, we’re hoping, is to bring awareness and a call to action. Voting had been down. I think it’s time to get back to the polls and let our voices be heard.
Check out our invitation video, inviting the community to become involved